Adoption Competency Training: A New Goal For Mental Health Professionals

And building a truly blended family can be a truly Herculean task. James Norton Contributing blogger James Norton got his professional start at the Monitor as an online news producer, before moving over to edit international news during the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Since leaving the Monitor in 2004, he has worked as a radio producer, author, and food blogger.He lives in Minneapolis with his wife Becca, his son Josiah, and three pleasantly sassy cats: Bartlett, Braeburn, and Nola. Recent posts The Christian Science Monitor Weekly Digital Edition Mental health professionals who treat patients for issues surrounding adoption need specialized training and certification, argues a new report. “It’s something a lot of people want, and a lot of people are looking for, and they simply can’t find it,” says Adam Pertman, Executive Director of the Donaldson Adoption Institute . “Unfortunately people sometimes find mental health professionals who mean well, but their lack of knowledge leads them to do more harm than good – and that’s a problem.” “I’ve had a psychiatrist tell me: ‘Well, I know adoption issues because I’ve treated three or four adoptees over the past few years,'” says Pertman. “Well, I sure hope they were typical; I sure hope you can extrapolate from what you learned from them for everybody!” RECOMMENDED: Mental health in the US: New ideas on care emerge The Donald Adoption Institute’s report, ” A Need to Know: Enhancing Adoption Competence Among Mental Health Professionals ” is aimed squarely at those in the profession.
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It’s Okay To Change: Mental Health Stigma, Mental Health Care and Suicide Prevention Among Military Personnel and Veterans

For many of the service members and veterans I’ve worked with, the psychological injuries occurred during childhood at the hands of an abusive or demeaning parent; for others it was sustained within the context of a recent breakup or a financial crisis. Indeed, more than half of service members who die by suicide never deployed or saw combat. The good news is that we have very effective treatments for the full range of psychological injuries that lead to suicide. The bad news is that very few service members or veterans will receive them. Clinic-based mental health services have been expanded dramatically for service members and veterans over the past decade across both the public and private sectors. Mental health treatment is arguably more accessible and affordable for service members and veterans now more than ever, due in large part to community mental health professionals and agencies offering free or significantly reduced-cost services.
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Mental Health Professionals THINK Nutrition Is YOUR Responsibility

What are you thinkingYou should diet soon or something! Caption: Till then take 50,000 of these peanut shapeded pills a day. Nutrition |nutrition| n(y)otriSHn noun: the process of providing or obtaining the food necessary for health and growth.* Responsibility |responsibility| rispansbilte noun: the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone.* In Richard Zwolinski very well researched and thought-provoking post Why A New Study About Diet And Mental Health Is Important he said something that struck me sideways; but honestly true: Mental health professionals do not have to be experts in nutrition or exercise or other therapies. But we do have to know when to refer our clients to experts in other fields for evaluation and/or treatment. We must take the whole person into account. Thinking about this from the receiving side of services I am a bit worried. While I do not expect all mental health professionals to be nutrition experts, I would think, no I would hope that professionals had a good handle on nutrition. Especially if they are prescribing me medications that are known for huge weight gain. I know Richard encourages therapy patients to stay emotionally, physically, and spiritually healthy and he understands the balance between the mind and body and not wasting time. SEE: Therapy Revolution: Find Help, Get Better, and Move On Without Wasting Time or Money In the end, our nutrition is our own responsibility even though when I am depressed or in the grasp of a mood swing the last thing Im thinking about is my nutrition. In fact, the food Im eating is most likely feeding and fueling the mood or depression. When I go to my behavioral health care provider, the first things they do is take my vitals, my weight, plus oxygen, blood pressure then type a few things and ask a few more questions. Then I have 15 minutes with my manager who takes up most of the time brow beating me about my weight-gain and I need to lose weight. I even had one doctor pressure me into getting information for by-pass surgery. Then Im maybe given a prescription for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), ricyclics, tetracyclics, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) all with side-effect some weight gain or triggering an insatiable appetite. What I think needs to be done, is the mixing of mental health and nutrition taking the whole person into account as Richard Zwolinski says. Im sure that is available for many with good to moderate insurance, but Im talking about focusing on us financially poor and clinically diagnosed consumers that, like me really have a hard time eating right or lack the knowledge to know how to make a nutritious meal Three Hotdogs with chili cheese and 1/2 Pizza with 2 fries and 4 sodas and box of Nabiscos Nutter Buttersmay not make the list of nutritious meal.
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